There are some hotels I like, some I love, and a few that break my heart to leave. Perivolas falls into the latter category, and on checking out, such was my melancholia that I felt compelled to tell myself to buck up and pull myself together.
That’s not to say the hotel is perfect. There are little things here and there I could criticise, but such is the warmth of the welcome, the beauty of the rooms, the feeling of light and the stunning views that Perivolas now stands out as one of my favourite hotels in the world.
The pint-sized island of Santorini is famous for its pretty, white-cave houses, winding footpaths and sparkling waters. The concept of Perivolas is essentially a continuation of the village of Oia on the north of the island and, in fact, it’s hard to distinguish the boundary of the property. Little stone paths twist and turn on the hotel’s modest footprint towards the seafront, with cave-like suites, all whitewashed and inviting, numbering only 21 (leaving out a number 13), and all facing the spectacular sunset.
Set as it is within a short walk of the restaurants, bars and shops of Oia, there are a few light diversions, but this hotel is not for the intrepid traveller looking for adventure. Neither is this a sprawling hotel with extensive facilities, 24-hour room service and a myriad dining options. This is the definition of boutique: cosy and spacious with staff who make you feel at home. It’s completely unpretentious, and at the same time incredibly elegant. Above all, it’s somewhere I intend to return to.
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